TEMPE, Ariz. – The 2017 ITA Summer Circuit Powered by UTR concluded earlier this week with 50 events held across a six-week span, over 5,600 tournament registrations processed and more than 3,300 players registered as ITA Summer playing members. The ITA Summer Circuit dates back to 1983 and provides college tennis players, along with junior tennis players and alumni, the opportunity to compete in organized events during the summer months.
The ITA and UTR partnership targeted the Summer Circuit to be a model for level-based play. All tournaments were required to seed 50 percent of their draw according to player UTRs, while the remaining 50 percent were randomly placed in the draw. This helped decrease the number of non-competitive matches in the latter rounds of the tournament and ultimately improved the overall experience of the tournament participants.
There were many success stories of pilot events flighted by UTR in the 2017 ITA Summer Circuit, including:
• UT Dallas. Flighted 10 divisions of 32 draws based off of UTR (6 men’s and 4 women’s). A total of 287 players competed in the event – the largest field in the 2017 ITA Summer Circuit Powered by UTR.
• Notre Dame. Six flighted divisions of 32 (3 men’s and 3 women’s).
• UC Davis. Staggered entry format. Allowed players to compete in competitive matches from the start to the end of the tournament. Each division was within a 1.5 UTR from top to bottom.
• Western Michigan. Five flights (2 men’s and women’s 32 draws and 1 men’s 16 draw).
All events were housed on the UTR Events platform, which created a central location for players, coaches and parents to register for events and browse results. It also enabled UTR to import scores from ITA Summer Circuit events into the UTR system within one week of tournament competition.
The 2017 ITA Summer Circuit Powered by UTR also saw the continuation of the Points Race, which sees the top 5 men and women receive automatic entry into the 2017 ITA National Summer Championships, held August 12-15 in Fort Worth, Texas, on the TCU campus. Players receive a $600 travel reimbursement to be used towards the expense of traveling to the National Summer Championships.
Vivienne Kulicke, a senior at SMU, and Sam Tullis, a sophomore at BYU, claimed the top spot in the women’s and men’s Points Race, respectively. Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse), Anastasia Rychagova (Kansas), Anna Bright (California) and Natalie Whalen (Indiana) round out the top 5 in the women’s standings. Humberto Lopez (UC Irvine), Chase Wood (Florida State), Vincent Rettke (Gonzaga), Austin Abbrat (High School senior) and Matthew Gamble (Notre Dame) hold the No.’s 2-5 positions in the men’s Points Race.
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